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Monday, June 4, 2001

Advocates Rescue Sick and Injured Hens from Maryland Egg "Factory"
Investigation Exposes Animal Cruelty

Washington, D.C.
–Investigators from Washington, D.C.-based animal rights organization Compassion Over Killing (COK) will hold a press conference to present findings of a recent investigation into animal treatment at an International Standard of Excellence (ISE) egg facility in Cecilton, Md.

WHEN:Wednesday, June 6, 2001 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:Washington Courtyard Marriott, Oak Room, 1st Floor
1900 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009

COK's month-long investigation began after the organization was denied a tour of the facility. ISE's Cecilton facility is "home" to 800,000 laying hens, all of whom live in "battery cages" (long rows of wire cages holding up to ten birds per cage).

The investigators documented in videos and photographs numerous acts of animal cruelty at ISE, including immobilized hens with no access to food or water, hens living in overcrowded cages with the decomposing corpses of deceased hens, and sick and injured hens suffering without veterinary care.

After making repeated nighttime visits to the facility to document abuses, COK investigators requested that the Cecilton authorities prosecute ISE for animal cruelty. But, no action was taken. So, on May 23, 2001, COK investigators rescued eight sick and injured hens in dire need of immediate veterinary care.

On June 6, 2001, the details of the investigation and rescue will be online at Also, COK's new 18-minute documentary on the investigation and rescue, Hope for the Hopeless, will be aired and distributed to media at the press conference.

According to COK investigator Miyun Park, "The animals at ISE are suffering miserably. If consumers knew how animals are abused by the egg industry, they would never eat eggs."

Expert veterinarian Eric Dunayer, VMD, viewed footage taken from ISE's Cecilton facility and stated: "[T]he videotape shows hens subjected to extremely inhumane conditions that inflict severe deprivation and injury. I have no doubt that these hens suffer terribly under such conditions."

ISE is an international animal agribusiness based in Japan. Its U.S. affiliate, ISE-America, holds captive 5.6 million egg-laying hens: 2.3 million in South Carolina; 1.5 million in Maryland; 1.3 million in New Jersey; and 500,000 in Pennsylvania.

COK's recent investigation is not ISE's first run-in with animal advocates. On October 17, 2000, ISE was found guilty on two counts of animal cruelty in New Jersey. The case involved two live hens who were found tossed in a garbage can filled with dead hens.

Founded in 1995, Compassion Over Killing is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit animal rights organization. With more than 1,000 members, COK regularly holds demonstrations and educational activities to protect all animals from exploitation and cruelty.


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